by Cognac Wellerlane
LONG BEACH, NY – The Long Beach International Film Festival’s “Taste on the Beach” event took on place Friday, August 7th, 2015, between National Boulevard and Edwards Boulevard in Long Beach, New York. Guests enjoyed a new feature “Taste on the Beach” to their flick night event. Taste On The Beach preceded the free movie night “Shorts on the Beach,” where Long Beach and regional restaurants finest foods, wines, cocktails and craft breweries collaborated together to give a sampling of their favorite dishes, bottles and brews. During my red carpet interviews I had the chance to chat with Co-Founder Craig Weintraub.
“The Long Beach International Film Festival continues to provide an opportunity for filmmakers and fans to witness the filming locations Nassau County has to offer whether it be at local beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios,” revealed Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “I invite residents to attend the festival and enjoy some of the best samplings of the food, music and film from Long Island.”
Long Beach Film Fest Taste On the Beach Co-Founder Craig Weintraub with Cognac at the Long Beach International Film Festival’s “Taste On The Beach”, Friday, August 7, 2015.
Films that were highlighted included Director/Producer Stephanie Donnelly’s narrative/comedy “The Cannoli” – where a Long Island family dinner turns tragic and a choice must be made between dessert and family; Director Sarah Menzies’ San Diego Surf Film Festival Best Short winning documentary “Catch It”, which followed Léa Brassy as her nomadic lifestyle takes a pause and she finds serenity in the Arctic surf of Northern Norway; And Croatian Director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovi?’s World Premiering “Eye for an Eye”, in which child’s play turns into a showdown of imagination and discipline.
Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane interviews Comedian Jeffery Gurian, Comedian Actor Rob Rob Magnotti, Bravo’s Top Chef Danny Gagnon, Realty TV Stars John and Susan Doneson from Bravo TV’s “Secrets and Wives” and Co-Founder Craig Weintraub of the Long Beach International Film Festival at a Taste on The Beach in Long Beach, New York.
Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane interviews Guy Brogna, Stephanie Donnelly, Young Wop, BRIMSTONE, Jazmin Ivy and Talent Agent Richard Alan, at Taste on The Beach for the Long Beach International Film Festival
Celebrities that attended the event included News 12 Personality Elisa DiStefano, Comic Jeffery Gurian of sirius XM’s Bennington Show, Chef Danny Gagnon Bravo’s TV “Top Chef,” Realty Stars John and Susan Doneson from Bravo TV’s “Secrets and Wives” and Comedian/Actor Rob Magnotti “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2.”
Realty Stars John and Susan Doneson with Cognac Wellerlane at the Long Beach International Film Festival’s “Taste On The Beach”, Friday, August 7, 2015.<
Agent Richard Alan from Richard Alan Talent Management also came with a bevy of three gorgeous models, Blond Angelina, Redhead Rachel and Brunette Stunner Jazmin Ivy who promoted Publisher John Colascione’s websites LongIslandExchange.com, LIUsedCars.com and NewsLI.com.
Models Angelina, Rachel and Jazmin pose for a photo-op with Actor Bill Lee Lanndis and Founder Craig Weintraub at the Long Beach International Film Festival’s “Taste On The Beach”, Friday, August 7, 2015.
LBIFF Programmer Steve Shor revealed, “Shorts on the Beach is a wonderful representation of what is in store for the Long Beach International Film Festival in September. The program will open with the Oscar winning short Feast from Walt Disney Animation. Additional animated shorts include Deep End by Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, and Bear Story- a Chilean computer animated short (considered one of the best this year). In the short documentary arena, we have Trust Design by Interior Design Magazine and Dryden by EarthJustice. The program includes some wonderful Narrative submissions from New York based directors and Universities.”
The Long Beach International Film Festival – sponsored by Nassau County – celebrates the art of storytelling through cinema. Presenting shorts, fiction and documentary formats, the festival is committed to exhibiting films that convey a fresh voice and differing perspectives. The goal of these programs is to captivate, engage and enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment.